Hang on to your beach umbrella. The whirlwind that is knocking days off the calendar like petals from a spent geranium is determined to end our summer before we are ready.
While there is still time, pack your bags and hustle the pooch off to the kennel. But before you leave, don't forget to protect your home.
Officer James W. Meyer, community coordinator for the Eastern District, offers these reminders: "Let the right people know your plans. Tell a trusted neighbor, and stop by the police station to fill out a request form for police to check your house while your are gone. This alerts the police who work your neighborhood, and gives them a name and number to call in case of an emergency."
Arrange for someone to maintain a lived-in appearance for your property. Newspapers and mail should be picked up and the grass cut. A neighbor's car parked in your driveway makes it harder for a burglar to use the driveway. It's also a good idea to invest in more than one timer and connect them to the television, stereo and several lights.
"Remember," says Officer Meyer, "nobody spends hours in the kitchen with just the stove light on."
If you have an alarm system, make sure someone has a key to your house and knows the code. If not, and the alarm goes off, your welcome home celebration could become a lynching party.
If your home is burglarized, you can minimize your loss and trauma by moving your valuables to a secure location, such as a safety deposit box. Include a list of all serial numbers and description of your computers, television and stereo equipment.
For more information, call Officer Meyer at 222-6145.
The worst weather that can be expected in this community usually is a thunderstorm, with an occasional pelting of hail. Up until recently, that is. Now folks call the street where I live Tornado Alley. Over the last two years, we have been struck by destructive winds on at least two frightening occasions.
Assuming lightning strikes more than twice, we in Central County will want to hear Ron Gird, a National Weather Service researcher, explain the difference between hurricanes, tornadoes and nor'easters, and safety measures you can take. He'll speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Quiet Waters Park.
He also will explain how these severe storms affect our local rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.
This talk is part of the park's environmental lecture series sponsored by the Anne Arundel Bird Club, Friends of Quiet Waters Park, Nature Conservancy, Severn River Association, Sierra Club and SPCA. For details, call 222-1777.
The Ladies of the Knights of Columbus have planned a flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16, at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway, rain or shine. There will be a bake table and refreshments for sale.
Tables are $10. If you'd like to participate, contact Claire Glase at 766-5212.
When making the rounds of Greater Severna Park antique shops, remember to drive a little further south on B&A; Boulevard to the Browse and Buy Shoppe, operated by the Ann Arundell County Historical Society.
This month the society is having a "Green Dot Sale," 10 percent off lots of items. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 544-3370.